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B.S. in Horticulture, Horticultural Science

Graduates of Horticulture – Horticultural Science at Colorado State University conduct research to discover new information about plant growth, development, and environmental response. This research can lead to new plant varieties and production methods.

Quick Facts

Full-time Duration: 4 years
Starting in: January, August
Tuition Fee: $32,734 per year
Location: Fort Collins, CO, United States

The curriculum of the Horticulture – Horticultural Science at Colorado State University consists of a solid foundation in the basic natural sciences as well as in agricultural sciences and prepares students for technical and scientific careers in laboratory, greenhouse, or field research.

Exceptional students participate in individual research projects coordinated by professors. Graduates in this area often continue their education.

Potential Occupations

Horticulture is both a production and service industry. Well-educated horticulturists have the best opportunity for obtaining positions and moving up in the industry.

The industry will be looking for professionals who can manage greenhouses, nurseries, and floral outlets, buy and sell supplies, plant material, and equipment, or edit journals and newsletters. Meeting the nutritional needs of the world population is an important challenge.

Researchers are needed to develop improved fruit and vegetable varieties. Other professionals are needed to improve production and transportation methods and to develop and market better fertilizers.

Within this field, students can exercise their talents and interests in computers, construction, engineering, chemistry, physics, social services, or business management.

Participation in internships and cooperative education opportunities is highly recommended to enhance practical training and development. Graduates who go on for advanced studies can attain more responsible positions with the possibility of rising to top professional levels.



“My experience at CSU, and particularly in the Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology has been invaluable! The program was both challenging and supportive.”

Sara Bombaci // Master of Science

Courses included

  • Plant Propagation
  • Public Speaking
  • Business Computing Concepts and Applications
  • Plant Physiology
  • Calculus for Biological Scientists
  • Principles of Genetics